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Late Summer Charcuterie Board

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As summer trails off into fall, Michiganders can start to feel a little anxious about the impending cool temperatures and separation from our beloved Great Lakes. We should instead be enjoying the near perfect weather that lingers this time of year. Sun, cool breezes, and mild temperatures make September the perfect month to soak up the natural beauty of West Michigan. 

How can you make a beautiful day even better? Add wine of course! And some tasty, (mostly) healthy snacks! 

Charcuterie boards are the best. Not only are they a fun, social way to eat, they’re actually the way humans are meant to eat. Gradual grazing is better for digestion versus one large meal eaten quickly. Taking the time to compile flavors to your taste also helps us savor each bite. 

We put together this late summer charcuterie board to compliment the flavors in our wines. A good charcuterie board balances sweet and savory, crunchy and smooth, and heavy and light options. Aside from that, any fruits, meats, cheeses, veggies, legumes, spreads and breads can be used.  

Here are the ingredients we used:

  • Green Olives
  • Pickles
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Toasted Bread Slices
  • Fig Goat Cheese
  • Honey
  • Grapes
  • Dried Apricots
  • Almonds
  • Fig Jam
  • Bread Sticks
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Rosemary 

Dried fruits and jams are great ways to add a little sweetness to your board. While dried fruit can taste only mildly sweet on its own — when paired with salty prosciutto — the sweetness is much stronger. Prosciutto and fruit has always been a charcuterie staple. Other than dried fruit, you could try pairing it with cantaloupe or pear.

Another wonderful thing about charcuterie boards is that with the variety of flavors, many different wines pair well! If you’re bringing a board to a social event, make sure to bring a few different kinds of wine. You can try making bites to pair with each type!

Spreads like stone ground mustard, honey, jams, or even soft cheeses like the fig goat cheese we used serve as a great base for other toppings. 

Charcuterie boards — like wines — are meant to be shared. The key ingredient to a successful board is good company. 

Enjoy the last month of warm breezes before fall sets in. We’re pretty excited for fall at Tanglewood. Warm, cozy fall flavors and family-fun activities are coming soon, and… so will something new from our winery!

Let us know what your favorite things to add to charcuterie boards are! Do you have any tips or tricks? Which of our wines is your favorite to pair? Let us know in the comments! Cheers!

 

What kind of wine glasses do you need?

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While we fully support the drinking of wine out of whatever vessel you have available, there are some strong arguments for drinking wine out of the “proper” glass. Wine glasses are designed to improve the wine drinking experience of particular types of wine. Their different shapes allow for temperature preservation, delivering aromas, and more.

First, take a look at the different parts of the wine glass. 

We’re going to break down which glasses deliver the best drinking experience for different types of wine so that you can choose the right glass everytime.

 

White Wines

 

White wines are best served in glasses with a smaller bowl, however the width of the bowl can vary based on the category of white wine.

A smaller bowl preserves floral aromas, expresses acidity, and maintains a cool temperature.

Lighter, sweeter white wines like our Traminette do better in tall, slim bowls. Heavier, more full-bodied white wines like Chardonnay are better with a larger bowl with a wide mouth that helps emphasize the creaminess. 

 

Red Wines

There are three main types of red wine glass. Some red wine glasses help smooth spiciness, or cut bitterness. 

Large bowl glasses help to accentuate aromas and mitigate the burn of the ethanol since the wine is further from the nose. A larger surface area allows the ethanol to evaporate more efficiently and deliver a smoother finish.  

Spicy wines like Malbecs do well in medium-sized red wine glasses. Medium-sized glasses allow the drinker to enjoy more of the subtleties in the flavor, and also calm spice in the wines by pouring more slowly from a smaller opening. 

Sweeter or more aromatic red wines like our Frontenac are best enjoyed in a glass with a large round bowl. This helps collect and preserve the aromas to really enhance the flavors.

Port

Port wines like our Blue Blood are very high in alcohol. These are best served in smaller glasses with a narrow opening. These features reduce evaporation to preserve the flavor.

Will you be buying a variety of glasses, or just the one right for your favorite kind of wine? We hope you try our wines with the glasses described above! If you do, let us know if you can taste a difference using different glasses!

 

Tanglewood’s Award-Winning Wines

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We do what we do because we love it. We make things that people share, people enjoy, and people treat themselves to. That’s really the reason we get up and go each day. So when we get to not only make the wine that makes people happy, but receive awards for those wines, we’re pretty much over the moon! 

This year we are thrilled, honored, and grateful to have won awards from the New York International Wine Competition, as well as the Indy International Wine Competition. Out of thousands of entrants from around the world, our wines were chosen by distinguished judges as some of the best in their categories.

The Indy International Wine Competition is the largest independently organized wine competition in the U.S. This competition had over 2,000 entrants from  14 different countries! Here, our Traminette won Double Gold and Blue Silk and Frontenac won Silver awards. 

At the New York International Wine Competition,  our wine (among over 1,400 other entrants’ wines) were judged by trade buyers from top importers, wine shops, restaurants, and sommeliers in the form of a blind taste test. Here, Tanglewood won Michigan Fruit Winery of the Year and Blue Silk won Gold for fruit wine. These awards were unique because they opened up a great opportunity to have Blue Silk sold, distributed, and imported to other areas around the country and the rest of the world.

Thank you for enjoying our wines so that we can continue to enjoy making them. 

Learn more about these competitions:

New York International Wine Competition

Indy International Wine Competition

 

2019 Tanglewood Award-Winners:

Tanglewood Winery–New York International Wine Competition: Michigan Fruit Winery of the Year

Traminette–Indy International Wine Competition: Double Gold

Frontenac–Indy International Wine Competition: Silver

Blue Silk–New York International Wine Competition: Gold & Indy International Wine Competition: Silver

 

Summer Sangria Recipes

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Sunshine + Sangria = a recipe for a great afternoon! Sangria is perfect for entertaining. It’s one of the easiest and tastiest drinks to make, and bonus: it looks beautiful!

Tanglewood wines are already sweet and fruity so they are perfect in sangrias! Here are a few recipes using Blue Silk (Purchase Here). Let us know which ones you try. Cheers!

 

Refreshing Blueberry-Lime Sangria

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1 Bottle of Blue Silk (purchase here)

4 cups Lime LaCroix (or other lime soda)

2 cups Blueberries, frozen

Blueberries (for garnish)

Mint Leaves (for garnish)

 

Directions:

 

Mix Blue Silk and Lime LaCroix (or other lime soda) in a pitcher.

Add in frozen blueberries.
Pour over ice.

Using a toothpick, spear fresh blueberries and mint leaf and use to garnish your drink.

Enjoy!

 

Blueberry and Cranberry Sangria

 

Ingredients:

 

1 Bottle of Blue Silk

2 cups Cranberry Juice

¼ Brandy

2 cups Blueberries

2 tablespoons sugar

Lemon (Sliced)

 

Directions:

Mix Blue Silk, Cranberry Juice, and Brandy in a pitcher.
In a bowl, mash Blueberries and Sugar together.
Add mashed blueberry/sugar mixture to the pitcher.
Add half of the sliced lemon.
Refrigerate overnight. (Minimum 4 hours)
Serve and garnish glasses with leftover lemon slices and blueberries.
Enjoy!

 

Fresh Berry Sangria

 

Ingredients:

 

*Fresh fruit amounts are optional depending on how much you like.

 

1/2 Pint Fresh Blackberries

1/2 Pint Fresh Blueberries

1 Pint Strawberries

1 Cup Club Soda

1 Bottle Blue Silk

 

Directions:

 

Add fresh fruit to the bottom of a pitcher.

Pour in bottle of Blue Silk.

Refrigerate overnight (Minimum 4 hours)

Pour in club soda before serving.

Serve and garnish with extra fruit.

Enjoy!

 

Do your health a favor and drink more wine!

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We’ve all been there, when you’ve already had your wine with dinner and another glass is sounding pretty good. You’re mid-pour and you think, this probably isn’t great for my health. If you’re pouring anything other than an antioxidant-rich blueberry wine like Blue Silk, you’re probably right. However, if the wine you’re pouring is Blue Silk, then put your guilt away and get out another bottle!

As our motto — more fruit makes better wine — explains, we use as many antioxidant-rich, vitamin-packed, cholesterol-lowering, anti-aging blueberries in our wine as possible.

Let us explain why blueberries and blueberry wine are so great for your health, and why you should stop feeling guilty for having that second glass!

 

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are compounds in your body that help protect you against cancer-causing free radicals. Out of all the fruits and veggies out there, blueberries are the best at defending your body from cancer.

 

VITAMINS

Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense types of berry. They contain fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese. These vitamins all work together to promote healthy body function and prevent things like osteoporosis, anemia, heart diseases and more!

 

CHOLESTEROL

Blueberries contain polyphenols, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and promote healthy heart function. In fact, some researchers of the superfood believe that blueberries can cut your cholesterol levels by almost half!

 

ANTI-AGING

Blueberries have been shown to prevent memory-loss, improve brain function, slow down vision-loss, and prevent soreness so that you can exercise more!

 

If those aren’t reason enough to treat yourself to some Blue Silk, then the sweet, smooth flavor should be! Find out where you can purchase Blue Silk near you!

Pairing Tanglewood Wines with the Perfect Warm Winter Meals

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Two big problems with winter: It’s very cold, and we run out of things to do. One of the very best ways to warm up in this chilly winter weather is to cook a comforting warm meal. Cooking is also a fun date night in when the roads are too dangerous to venture out.

It’s tough to come up with dinner ideas that are both comforting and fun to make! We’ve rounded up a few great meals to keep you warm this winter that also pair perfectly with our wines!

 

  1. Fettuccine Alfredo

 

This creamy, warm Fettuccine Alfredo is both delicious and easy to make! Grab a bottle of Traminette and you’ve got yourself a restaurant-quality dining experience without having to put your boots on and brave the freezing temps!

 

  1. Barbeque Pulled Pork

 

Would you rather take a hot bath or cozy up in a blanket in front of Netflix than spend the evening cooking? Make this one in the morning and come home to a house that smells amazing and a ready-to-eat meal that is sure to please everyone in the family. Pick up some Blue Silk from your local Spartan Store before you get home for the ultimate treat yourself night!

 

  1. Spaghetti with Bacon, Breadcrumbs, and Arugula

 

Get the kids on board with Arugula and have an excuse to drink your favorite Michigan sweet red wine! Spaghetti is a reliable comfort food that may seem like old news, but this recipe adds some interest to a familiar favorite, and — when paired with Frontenac — feels like a brand new meal!

 

  1. Flourless Chocolate Cake

 

Whichever recipe you try for dinner, finish the evening with a major treat! Pair our Blue Blood Port with a flourless Chocolate Cake and enjoy chocolate heaven in front of a warm fire!

 

Michigan Wine Month

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Happy Michigan Wine Month! Have you visited a Michigan winery lately? Great wines are made all over Michigan and, especially during the month of May, we appreciate them.

The winemaking industry has been important to Michigan for hundreds of years. When early settlers arrived here, they discovered wild grape vines from which they could make wine. However, it wasn’t until the 1800s that this could be an actual occupation. The wine industry was able to really take off after the repeal of the Prohibition Act in the 1930s. Since then, Michigan has become home to very many great wineries—producing wine with not only grapes but a selection of different fruits.

There are so many that we can have an entire month to celebrate and recognize them. May is the perfect month to go out and visit a local Michigan winery and get a taste of all the varieties of high-quality wine near you. What a perfect kick off to summer!

To find out where to purchase Tanglewood’s wines, visit http://www.tanglewoodwinery.com/purchase/. Happy Michigan Wine Month!

Wine Terminology

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Wine is more than a drink, it’s a hobby, a passion, and a lifestyle for people all over the world. And like any hobbyists, wine drinkers have their fair share of in-words. Have you gone to dinner with friends and been totally lost as they discussed their options with the Sommelier? (Do you know what a Sommelier is?) That’s okay! We do! And we can help you speak like the wine lover you are on the inside, or at least keep up with your fancy friends. Here are some terms to help you discuss wine, and pick wines that you’ll really enjoy. After reading this, go read our wine descriptions again!

 

Wine Terminology:

Acidity: Crispness that activates salivary glands

Aeration:  Adding oxygen to a wine to make the flavor softer and fuller. If someone says that a freshly opened red  “needs to breathe” this is what they are referring to. You can also buy aerators which are tools that quickly add oxygen to the wine as its poured through, and decanters which allow more air to access the wine than a bottle does.

Blend: Wines that are made of different types of grapes. Wines are typically named for the grape used to make it, like Frontenac. Some wines however use multiple varietals and are referred to as a “blend.”

Body: A sensation that describes the weight of the wine as you drink it. Wines can be light, medium, or full-bodied.

Bouquet: The aroma of an aged wine.

Complex: A wine with several aromas and flavors

Corked: A wine that has been stored improperly and now has a poor flavor.

Dry: A wine that is not sweet and causes a puckering sensation.

Finish: The sensation in the mouth after swallowing.

Fruity: A wine that strongly exhibits the taste and smells of fresh fruit (hint: awesome choices like Blue Silk).

Hot: A wine that contains more alcohol than average.

Mature: A wine that has aged long enough that it’s now ready to drink.

Oak/Oaky: A wine that has notes of vanilla, and other flavors that it takes on from the oak barrels it is stored/aged in.

Sommelier: A certified wine professional

Structure: A term often used to describe the balance of flavors, acidity, alcohol, and tannins

Sweet: A wine that has perceptible sugar content

Tannins: Phenolic compounds in wine that have a bitter taste

Vinification: The process of making wine

Vintage: The year that a wine is bottled

Cheers Around the World!

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From Thanksgiving to the Super Bowl, there’s one word we say a lot in the States: Cheers! We have a ton of reasons to raise a glass, and we take advantage of all of them. Some people claim that the reason we clink our drinks is very logical. The process of drinking wine involves all of the senses, but one: sound. We touch the glass, we smell the wine, we look at it’s color, and of course we taste it! The cheers-ing of the glasses adds hearing to complete the experience.

Whatever the reasoning, we all do it all across the globe — which is why it’s such a great way to form and cement friendships. A shared drink can be all you need to create a bond, or a memory. Different cultures have different ways of doing it, but they all feel the same sentiments of celebration, solidarity, and inclusion when they do. When you’re traveling and tasting around the world, make sure you know how to cheers right along with the locals. Here’s a list of how to say and do the toast correctly in a few other countries!

China: When you’re at the bar in China, there are a few key phrases you need to know. Number one: Ganbei, which is the equivalent of “bottoms up!” Number two: Kai Pay, which means “empty your glass.” These two expressions bring us to number 3: Sui Bian, which is your exit strategy, after phrases 1 or 2 are thrown at you, say number 3 to tell your new pals that you’re ready to sip instead of chug! It means “please proceed your way, and I will do it my way.”

France and Belgium: When your sharing Champagne with your new French friends, make sure to look them in the eyes as you clink. The expression à votre santé or more casually Santé means “to your health.” Eye contact is a sign of sincerity and you shouldn’t sip until you’ve shared a glance with everyone.

Germany: In Germany you should exclaim Prost or Zum Wohli and clink glasses while sharing eye contact with your group.

Italy: In Italy you have lots of choices! Just remember one of these before your next trip: salute, alla salute, and cin-cin to toast everyone’s health.

Spanish speaking countries: Spanish speakers toast your health by using the phrase: salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo, which means “to health and love, and time to enjoy it.” To casually share a drink, simply say “chin-chin.”

These different toasts from around the world remind us what’s important: health, love, and good times sharing good drinks. Now let’s all raise a glass to the weekend! Happy Friday and happy sipping!

Why Your New Year’s Diet Should Include More Wine

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So it’s January 2018 and just like January of 2017, you’re inspired to really commit to a healthier lifestyle. It’s hard not to be caught up in the health crazes that always spring up around the new year. The grocery stores haul their supplements and health food into the middle of the aisles and the gym is twice as crowded as it was last month.

Making a commitment to better health is a great thing, but it can be tough when we have to start giving up our favorite simple pleasures that make these freezing, monotonous winter days fly by. Luckily, wine is NOT one of those things.

Did you know that one to two five-ounce pours of wine per day is actually clinically considered to be beneficial to your health? Don’t believe us, check with scientists and doctors. See? Wine is healthy. Here’s why!

Most people have heard that red wines — like Frontenac — contain lots of antioxidants, which help to fend off cancer causing free radicals; but, recently it was discovered that white wines — like our Traminette — contain the same amount and more in some cases. Blueberry wine is the antioxidant champ, though! That’s because blueberries are nearly the highest antioxidant fruit in the world. Wine can also save you from cold and flu season. In moderation, wine can boost your immune system, helping you to fight off infections. And, just like milk, a glass of wine can help with bone density. Silicon, which is contained in red wines, decreases your chances of osteoporosis.

Wine can help to prevent strokes and heart attacks too! Blood thinning phenols found in red wines break up stroke-causing clots. It also improves blood flow, keeping your heart happy and functional while reducing the risk of heart disease.

Is acing classes, finishing that novel, or learning a language on your New Year’s resolution list? If so, grab a glass of wine before cracking the books. It not only prevents neurons from dying. Just a single glass improves brain function.

Lastly, (this may be obvious) wine also really helps reduce stress! Stress can be extremely detrimental to our health and with cold weather, bad roads, traffic, and taxes coming up, we could all use a little relief.

If a little wine can help you stick to your resolutions and improve your health, we say go for it. Happy 2018, we hope it’s the best yet.

Tanglewood winery is a production facility. We do not have a tasting room.